I draw the line here

Drawings done for the Beirut Art Center’s Micro-commissions series I Draw the Line Here.


๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ผ-๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ก๐—ผ. ๐Ÿฎ- ๐˜ ๐˜‹๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆโ€œ๐˜š๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆโ€ ๐–ณ๐—‚๐—† ๐–จ๐—‡๐—€๐—ˆ๐—…๐–ฝ ๐–ฟ๐—‹๐—ˆ๐—† ๐–ซ๐—‚๐—‡๐–พ๐—Œ, ๐–บ ๐–ก๐—‹๐—‚๐–พ๐–ฟ ๐–ง๐—‚๐—Œ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—’
Many artists in Lebanon have expressed disdain towards various impulses that some have had, to make art out of the explosion. At a moment where so much remains unclear, unresolved and most importantly unhealed, what is this urgency to โ€œcreateโ€ to โ€œexpressโ€ to โ€œtestifyโ€? Others have argued for a proliferation of expressions, making the argument that the very attempt to create is in and of itself an attempt to make sense of things and to heal. But can this kind of healing be anything but a solitary, poetic form of expression, at a time where collective justice is what is needed?
We at the BAC are struggling to reconcile a double refusal. On the one hand, a refusal to normalize a state of such extreme and systemic precarity, to simply carry on, to romanticize resilience. On the other hand, there is also a refusal to let this precarity consume or structure our lives, to kidnap our dreams, to disrupt our projects and goals.
It is with these conflicted thoughts, feelings and impulses that we have approached 5 illustrators/comic artists to make one drawing a week throughout the month of October. Drawing too is conflicted, it encompasses time, while retaining a proximity with current events and the quotidian. With its immediate slowness, its once removed relation with representation, its narrative capacity, drawings can hopefully help us delineate the shape of things, much like a blind person feeling out the shape of oneโ€™s face by tracing its contours with their handsโ€ฆ Perhaps then, by looking at these drawings, we may begin to feel our faces againโ€ฆ

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